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7 minutes ago, Steve1982 said:

I was just updated from Component Package 1.0.810 to 1.0.823. What are the changes in the new version?

Thanks!

There are no actual changes. Just prep for a future update.

Internal update to allow some future fixes. Nothing new for clients as far as features or fixes.

Not CU's will have an announcement or have any changes on the users end.

 

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Ugh! This is the second Component Update in a row without any announcement or notice of any kind. I get that there are no visible changes but that is besides the point. Unless we're talking vaporware something obviously changed. When the major components of my security software is updated I want to know that it's legit. Industry experts will always tell you to make sure that your software is updated regularly. They also tell you to make sure that you know what is being installed and/or updated on your system. For literally every other piece of software on my PC this is a simple matter of going to the vendor's website and looking at the change log, most of whom include file hashes. I love you guys but this is an area where MBAM really need to pull it together. If the application I use as a notepad can do it, surely you can do it too?

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Unfortunately that isn't a common practice for anti-malware applications.  In fact, I cannot name a single one at the moment that lists such details on their websites, and Malwarebytes is actually far better about documenting their major releases than most vendors, at least in my experience.  That said, you can of course scan any files via a service such as VirusTotal to check the hashes if need be.

Based on what we've been told about build 1.0.823, it includes only changes on the backend/in the internals for future planned features/changes, however it doesn't actually change anything impactful for the current software/version.  I do know that the team is currently investigating a few issues so I do expect there to be a bugfix release in the near future, however I don't know exactly when that will be.

With all of that said, they do generally publish release info on most CU's and product updates in the top area of this forum, however I guess they didn't this time due to there being only backend changes as I mentioned previously, though we'll have to wait and see if they do publish a public changelog to be certain.

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I appreciate the the response but again, even if there are only back-end changes, a change log should still be published because a change log is not only a log of what changed, but an audit trail of sorts that we (the end users) can look at to confirm the legitimacy of the updates occurring to our security software. As we saw just a few weeks ago, a bug in Windows would have allowed an attacker to sign an update file so that the digital signature appears to be from a trusted provider. I know the odds are slim of something like this happening (until it happens!) but it only takes MBAM a few seconds to post an update, and it only takes me a few seconds to verify the update against what was posted.

BTW I know of at least two AV vendors that not only publish product updates, but they even go as far as publishing updates to their virus signature files (i.e. several times a day!). One, Microsoft, the other Symantec. Not saying MBAM should go that far, but at the very least, updates to the executable files should be published. Also, scanning the files at VirusTotal is something I do and totally agree with you on that, but unfortunately that won't tell me if the file was downloaded from the MBAM web site unless the MBAM web site also publishes the hashes so I can compare.

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Well, in Malwarebytes' defense, they do use encryption and file checksum validation for all updates.  They have a lot of tech focused around security in updating.  I know that obviously doesn't provide you with details about each update, however they do have measures in place to protect against any sort of attack or bypass attempt.

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